205 | Three Fatherhood Insights From Joseph

205 | Three Fatherhood Insights From Joseph

205 - Christmas - 3 fatherhood insights from Joseph

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Show Notes:

  • 1:35 – “Part of the dad life is you have expectations and you think it’s going to be like this and it’s like that. And that is the story of Christmas, and that is the story of Joseph. So Jesus earthly father Joseph, he experienced disappointment beyond what we could ever imagine. I wanted to just I wanted to riff on the story of Joseph for just a few minutes”
  • 2:44 – “I want to grow in these areas and be more like Joseph, the father of Jesus. So here’s these three fatherhood insights from the life of Joseph”
  • 2:55 – Matthew 1:19 “Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”
  • 4:35 – So he did not react in the moment. He paused. That’s the first fatherhood principle. He paused. Joseph paused.
  • 4:53 – “I have a I have a problem with pausing. Often I react my. My first reaction, guys, is to react in a reactive fatherhood, reactive. In my marriage, being a husband who is reactive in the moment responds with emotion and frustration causes so many problems. And if Joseph could in this kind of setting, if Joseph could pause…”
  • 5:37 – Story – hiking Sabino Canyon in Tucson, AZ
  • 9:20 – Matthew 1:20 “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream”
  • 9:42 – He went beyond the pause to a consideration he considered he. He pondered he he thought about what’s the right course of action forward”
  • 10:57 – Matthew 1:24 “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife” — Guys, I think the consideration in the pause are the set up for God revealing direction for us in our fatherhood. That’s what happened with Joseph. His pause in his consideration led to the Lord appearing to him in a dream. An angel appeared to him in a dream and gave him clarity, gave him insight that took the devastation and put it back to a place of hope and of I’m a part of a bigger miracle.
  • 12:05 – “What starts is devastation. The woman I’m engaged to, this is Joseph thinking. The woman I’m engaged to, has betrayed my confidence, has broken this pledge has has become pregnant from another man. Instead of that, she. Instead, the pause in the consideration led to Joseph realizing he’s right at the center of a miracle.”
  • 13:56 – We need these three things these fatherhood principles the pause, the consideration, and we need guidance. We need to follow that guidance, not follow our own insights and strategies, especially when devastation. Don’t trust your own. I don’t want to trust my own insights and guidance when when it when it when loss or a change of plans caused me to be emotionally reactive. I want to pause. I want to consider and I want to follow God’s will lead God’s guidance.”
  • 14:35 – Joseph had three other miraculous dreams.
  • 15:01 – Joseph actually has a pattern of multiple times hearing angelic, miraculous guidance in his dreams, and I believe it’s from a posture of his heart was at a place where he had calmness in the place of devastation. And it’s from pausing and considering and following the voice of our heavenly father.
  • 15:24 – God trusted Joseph with his son, Jesus, and got his trust in each of us with these precious kids in my prayer for you”
  • 16:13 – Jeff’s Closing Prayer

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